What it’s like to be Muslim in the U.S.
O.K., maybe I’m obsessing, but the national debate over the cultural center/mosque in NYC sometimes makes me question whether the America I thought I knew actually exists, at least to the degree that I thought it did.
So when I stumble on something that reinforces my sense of this country, I have the urge to share it. Today there are two pieces: One comes from Religion Dispatches and is titled “You’ve never met a Muslim“; the other comes from Foreign Policy, and it bears the provocative headline of “The Talibanization of America“.
Both are worth reading because they get past the white-hot rhetoric and, perhaps more importantly, make one think not just as an American, but as a world citizen.